But, wretched man, the last two are not masculine.
You do not count them as masculine?
Not at all. If you met Amynias, how would you hail him?
How? Why, I should shout, "Hi, there, Amynia!
Do you see? it's a female name that you give him.
And is it not rightly done, since he refuses military service? But
what use is there in learning what we all know?
You know nothing about it. Come, lie down there.
Ponder awhile over matters that interest you.
Oh! I pray you, not there but, if I must lie down and ponder,
let me lie on the ground.
That's out of the question. Come! on the couch!
STREPSIADES (as he lies down)
What cruel fate! What a torture the bugs will this day put me to!
(Socrates turns aside.)
Ponder and examine closely, gather your thoughts together, let
your mind turn to every side of things; if you meet with a difficulty,
spring quickly to some other idea; above all, keep your eyes away from
all gentle sleep.
Ow, Wow, Wow, Wow is me!
What ails you? why do you cry so?
Oh! I am a dead man! Here are these cursed Corinthians advancing
upon me from all corners of the couch; they are biting me, they are
gnawing at my sides, they are drinking all my blood, they are
yanking of my balls, they are digging into my arse, they are killing
LEADER OF THE CHORUS
Not so much wailing and clamour, if you please.
How can I obey? I have lost my money and my complexion, my blood
and my slippers, and to cap my misery, I must keep awake on this
couch, when scarce a breath of life is left in me.
(A brief interval of silence ensues.)
Well now! what are you doing? are you reflecting?
Yes, by Posidon!
Whether the bugs will entirely devour me.
May death seize you, accursed man!
(He turns aside again.)
Ah it has already.
Come, no giving way! Cover up your head; the thing to do is to